Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida is a work of art. Abrams Books publishes epic Art of Star Wars books. Today I will be reviewing The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Amy Ratcliffe.
I have read and enjoyed recently one of Abrams Books previous Star Wars Art releases, The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Season 1). The Mandalorian has grown my Star Wars love and obsession. I thought the art in that book was most impressive. Abrams Books sent me a copy of their newest Star Wars book, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, to review.
There is that old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” You can totally judge this book by the cover because it is gorgeous and features artwork by Lucasfilm concept design supervisor, Erik Tiemens of the Millenium Falcon arriving at Batuu. This was an image used to announce Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disney Parks Panel at the D23 Expo.
The back dust jacket of the book features artwork titled “Big Bird Exterior” by Industrial Light and Magic concept artist, Ric Lim. The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run ride went by the code name “Big Bird” when it was in development.
An immersive Star Wars experience at Disney Parks is what many fans have been dreaming of ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. I have been lucky enough to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. As impressed as I am with the lands, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge delivers a level of immersiveness on another level. Every concept art picture that was ever drawn for this monumental land is included in the book. The book is overflowing with art and stories from Imagineers, ILM, and Lucasfilm employees that will make both Star Wars and Disney theme park enthusiasts drool.
Amy Ratcliffe was the perfect choice to write this book. Amy is one of us. She is a mega fan of Star Wars. This book is essentially for fans by a fan. So you know Amy goes into as much details as she possibly could to provide Star Wars and Disney Parks fans all of the information that they could crave about the behind the scenes making of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The foreword of this book was written by Scott Trowbridge who was the Imagineering creative executive responsible for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Here are some of the many experiences that you will be treated to with this book:
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Attraction Posters
- Story and Design behind Batuu and Black Spire Outpost
- Designs for the Characters and Inhabitants of Batuu
- Rise of the Resistance Concept Art
- Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run Concept Art
- Bounty Hunter Ride Concept Art
- Speeder Bike Ride Concept Art
- Cantina Concept Art
- Cantina Bartenders
- Cantina Sea Creatures
- The KaliKori Club Concept Art
- Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities Concept Art
- Droid Depot Concept Art
- Savi’s Workshop Concept Art
- Elee Concept Art
- Galaxy’s Edge Costuming
- Much, Much more
The book concludes with concept art and stories that details the next Star Wars experience coming to Walt Disney World which is titled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. I am already saving my credits in hopes that I can one day afford a stay on the Halcyon and live the Star Wars life.
I would consider The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge an essential text book to be studied for any Disney fan that has ever dreamed of becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer. This book is perfect for Star Wars fans and Disney Parks enthusiasts. If you have not had the opportunity to visit Batuu, this book will take you there virtually until you are able to make the trip yourself. If you have been lucky enough to visit, this is the ultimate souvenir item from your trip that will have you dreaming of your next passage through Black Spire Outpost. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS
You can purchase The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the link below:
Did reading this book make me want to go back to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Absolutely. I want to thank Abrams Books for sending me this book to review for the blog. Until my next trip, I will be soaking in all of the great concept art and facts about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I would really love to see Abrams Books do an art book for Avengers Campus at Disney’s California Adventure.